How’s this for a shocker?
The “Ten Commandments” is not a Jewish idea!
Sounds like saying “apple pie” is not American!
What could be more Jewish than the Ten Commandments?
Aren’t they our gift to the world?
… It’s the name that’s not Jewish.
In Hebrew, they’re called, “Aseres Hadibros.”. The “Ten Utterances.”
They are the commandments that the Jewish People heard directly from G-d.
And the other 603 commandments?
They’re also from G-d.
But He gave them to us through Moshe.
And they’re just as binding as the “Ten.”
But the name “Ten Commandments” implies something else.
That these are all of G-d’s commandments. There are only ten.
And that is not a Jewish idea.
… Why did we need the Revelation at Mount Sinai?
Couldn’t G-d have given these ten through Moshe also?
G-d gives the answer in the Torah.
He explains it to Moshe, and to us.
“I will come to you … so that all the people will hear when I speak to you.
They will then believe in you forever.” (Exodus, 19:9)
God wanted to make it very clear. In front of the entire nation.
That He chose Moshe as His prophet.
And when Moshe says, “G-d told me…” we can believe him.
… This is unique among all religions.
Because what do you do if you want to start a religion?
You say something like, “It’s a real shame you missed it.
While you were gone?
G-d came to me. And said, “You’re My prophet”!
The Jewish People would never buy that!
We had to see it with our own eyes!
… There are two religions that are based on Judaism.
They also believe that G-d chose Moshe at Mount Sinai.
But they say that G-d changed His mind. Chose a new prophet. And changed the rules.
And no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t convince us.
Because since Mount Sinai, we know one thing.
If G-d ever chooses another prophet?
He’ll do it in front of us!
All the best,